Arkansas announces hire of assistant basketball coach Keith Smart
Eric Musselman has added another assistant coach to his Razorback coaching staff as Arkansas just announced the hiring of Keith Smart.
Smart most recently worked in the NBA, serving as an assistant coach with the New York Knicks. He previously served as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State and Sacramento Kings following his college playing career at Indiana and one season as a player on the Spurs.
Smart famously made the game-winning shot for Indiana in the 1987 NCAA Championship against Syracuse.
Musselman and Smart have previous ties as Smart previously coached under Musselman with the Golden State Warriors.
“I am excited to be reunited with Coach Musselman, a person I’ve known for over 30 years, and to continue my growth as a basketball coach,” Smart said. “I cannot think of a better place than with Coach Musselman and at the University of Arkansas. By becoming a Razorback, my basketball life is somewhat coming full circle as Coach (Nolan) Richardson recruited me.
Musselman added the following statement following Smart’s hire.
“What an incredible opportunity for our players to be mentored and coached by coach Smart,” Musselman said. “His coaching experience is unmatched, being a three-time NBA head coach. His playing experience includes him hitting one of the most clutch shots in the history of college basketball and playing at the highest level professionally. Keith is someone I coached and thought so much of his knowledge of the game I hired him at Golden State. We are getting an incredible coach. He knows how to develop talent and is an excellent ‘X and O’ coach. Our players are going to love Coach Smart.
From the NBA to the U of A 🐗
— Arkansas Razorback Basketball 🐗 (@RazorbackMBB) May 12, 2021